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Meet Our Newest Staff Member
Get to know new Internship Coordinator/Administrative Assistant Lauren Bottoms. 

1) Tell me a bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work and what did you do?
Before I came to the PRC, I was the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Graduate Assistant for the Summit County Health Department in Akron, Ohio. While I was there, I was responsible for the Health and Health Disparities report, working with and analyzing Summit County BRFSS and other local health data, assisting with federal and state grants as well as the analysis and dissemination of the birth certificate data. Additionally, I collaborated with stakeholders and developed an epidemiological surveillance system for the Summit County birth data for my Master’s Practicum.

2) Tell me about your education. Where and what did you study? Is your work here radically different than what you studied in college? In other words, has your career path made any unusual changes?
I attended Kent State University for both my bachelor’s and master’s. My bachelor’s is in Pre-Medicine and Psychology and my master’s is in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology. In college, I was pretty sure I was going to be a doctor. Before I sent in my applications to medical school, I went to a Public Health fair and knew I wanted to change my career path. I really like how broad public health is, and I knew I could combine all of my interests into one discipline. I feel the PRC agrees with my background and career interests.

3) What aspects of your new position are most intriguing to you? What are you looking forward to?
The center itself is intriguing. I love how involved we are in the community and our collaborative nature. I am looking forward to being a part of all the different programs and organizations we have to offer as well as utilizing my data skills and working with those trying to make a difference in the community.

4) What are some of your interests outside of work?
Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family, travel, take dance classes (modern, ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop), work out, and read.

5) Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland?
I am from and grew up in Cleveland Heights.

6) Is there anything else that you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?
In my short time here, I already enjoy being a part of the PRC. We are really trying to make a difference in the community and I love the attitude and enthusiasm of the people that work here. I’m really excited! Thank you!
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